Tasmania to welcome strong TCR field

The Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series will have its second round for the 2024 season this weekend as the Shannons SpeedSeries heads to Symmons Plains for AWC Race Tasmania.

A decent field of 13 cars will contest the round in Launceston, with many of the main players from the season opener at Sandown expected to be in attendance.

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Headlining the entry list is current series leader Ben Bargwanna, who holds a slender lead over reigning champion Josh Buchan.

With Symmons Plains traditionally favouring Peugeot TCR cars, Bargwanna is one of four drivers hoping to take advantage of their vehicles of choice, with Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Ryan Casha, Aaron Cameron and Jordan Cox also running the French vehicle.

One driver who will be more determined than ever to get a victory on the Apple Isle, will be Wall Racing’s Tony D’Alberto, with the 2022 champion having picked up three runner-up finishes at the circuit.

D’Alberto will be reunited Brad and Will Harris for the event– the latter of which was forced home from Sandown early due to medical issues.

After solid opening rounds, Ashley Seward Motorsport’s Dylan O’Keeffe and Carl Cox Motorsport Team MPC’s Clay Richards return for a second consecutive round, while Tom Oliphant is back in the HMO Customer Racing Hyundai i30N Hatch and will be looking to improve on a mixed first round.

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Rounding out the entry list is the Tufflift Racing duo of Zac Soutar and Glenn Nirwan.

TCR Australia Category Manager Lisa Totani was confident Race Tasmania would produce another strong showing for TCR.

“The nature of Symmons Plains Raceway always delivers exciting racing and the passion for TCR from the Tasmanian motorsport fans has been unwavering,” Totani said.

“Having an extremely competitive field, any of our 13 drivers are capable of winning this weekend. With strong TV figures from Sandown, interest in TCR is steadily building and I wouldn’t be discouraged by grid numbers this weekend, but I’m confident of a return to at least 15 cars for Phillip Island.”

The Supercheap Auto TCR Australia will have three races over the course of the weekend with one on Saturday and two on Sunday.

All three races will be broadcast as part of the live and free 7plus stream, while races one and three will be shown on free-to-air coverage on 7mate.

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The Shannons SpeedSeries’ second round for 2024, AWC Race Tasmania, takes place at Symmons Plains on 15-17 March.